Retail

Dealers prying payments from some lenders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Dealers are still seeing big differences in how quickly lenders pay them on contracts in transit, despite awareness and technology campaigns aimed at speeding payments to dealers when retail customers finance vehicle purchases and leases.... Read More »

 

Europe auto sales rose 2% in August as region's recovery slows

Sept. 17, 2014 08:43 CET
European car sales rose 2 percent in August but a heavy reliance on incentives in Spain and a fall in sales in Germany, France and Italy are signs that the region's recovery may be faltering, analysts and executives said.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

EVs, small SUVs are winners in first half

Sept. 17, 2014 06:30 CET
The European car market underwent a big shake-up in the first half as there was a change at the top of nine of the 24 segments tracked by Automotive News Europe. The biggest gainers were electric vehicles and small SUVs.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Premium automakers push into profitable niche segments in H1

Sept. 17, 2014 06:30 CET
Premium automakers are progressively pushing volume rivals out of profit-rich niches such as coupes and convertibles. In the first half, 67 percent of all coupes sold in Europe were from premium brands, up from 55 percent in 2013.... Read More »

 

Banco Santander acquires Canada's Carfinco for $269 million

11:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Banco Santander SA agreed to buy Canadian car-financing company Carfinco Financial Group for about $269 million.... Read More »

 

Captives likely to get CFPB oversight

4:35 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to issue an important new rule on Thursday defining which nonbank lenders -- including captive finance companies -- will be considered “larger participants” and thus subject to CFPB regulation.... Read More »

 

Toyota FT-1 gets the souped-up 'Gran Turismo' treatment for video game

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Toyota has joined the “Gran Turismo” parade of video game racers with a beefier version of its FT-1 concept. “The design brief of this car was very simple: Take the FT-1 concept car and turn it into the most kickass, badass, super racecar you can imagine,” said Kevin Hunter, president of Toyota's Calty Design Research, during the car's video unveiling.... Read More »

 

VW boosts German brands' market share in China

Sept. 16, 2014 10:32 CET
VW Group's lead in China's compact sedan market this year has helped boost German automakers' share of the overall car market to 24 percent in July from 21 percent at the end of 2013.... Read More »

 

Defying Dad, by building on his legacy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
At Courtesy Auto Group in Illinois, Ray and Rik Fregia are seeing sales boom after million-dollar overhauls at their three stores. They are boosting Internet business, using contractors to deliver cars across the U.S. All the while, the brothers, who defied their father's advice and went into the business anyway, are creating fun workplaces with what they call a 'get to' versus 'got to' attitude.... Read More »

 

Edmunds: U.S. sales to stay strong

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The surge in U.S. light-vehicle sales last month could help lift this year's volume above levels last seen in 2006, Edmunds.com analysts said.... Read More »

 

Tesla shares tumble as bullish analyst raises cautions about growth

5:04 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
One of Tesla's strongest supporters on Wall Street issued a cautious report on the maker of luxury electric cars today, sending its shares skidding 9 percent on Monday. Tesla stock rebounded slightly on Tuesday, rising 2.7 percent.... Read More »

 

Cadillac's new chief vows no retreat on pricing strategy

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Cadillac has no plans to back off its sharply higher sticker prices or sweeten incentives to improve slumping U.S. sales, new brand chief Johan de Nysschen said. De Nysschen, who arrived at GM in August after stints at Infiniti and Audi, said in an interview today that Cadillac must be willing to forgo some traditional buyers as it works to attract the higher-end clientele it's now courting with a revitalized lineup.... Read More »

 

Tesla prevails in top Mass. court over direct sales

5:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Massachusetts' highest court on Monday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block Tesla from selling its luxury electric cars directly to consumers in the state, enabling it to bypass traditional dealerships.... Read More »

 

Automakers warm to the era of ride-sharing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The rise of car-owning alternatives such as rental service Zipcar, and ride-summoning services including Uber and Lyft, is prompting automakers to embrace the idea that their mission is more about moving people than selling cars. Far from challenging the trend, they're rushing to capitalize on it.... Read More »

 

END OF FENDER BENDERS

Experts see a world free of crashes, not drivers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A parade of new mainstream models equipped with advanced safety technologies that take control of the vehicle in certain instances will soon be in showrooms. But the goal of a car that makes its own way, sans driver, remains distant and uncertain.... Read More »

 

Fleet helps drive big August sales numbers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Growth in fleet sales outpaced retail in last month's robust U.S. auto market.... Read More »

 

Subaru raises U.S. sales forecast

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Subaru has boosted its forecast for sales this year to 500,000.... Read More »

 

Easing off on acquisitions

AutoNation adds 4 stores, but won't buy much more this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
AutoNation Inc.'s deal to buy four Bellevue, Wash., luxury-brand dealerships is the company's biggest acquisition since late 2012.... Read More »

 

Industry learns to share road with tech giants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Now that North America's mobile-phone market has matured, corporate behemoths such as Verizon, AT&T, Google and Apple have zeroed in on autos as the next big thing.... Read More »

 

Sell more Dodges, get more Hellcats, brand tells dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Dodge will give more new 707-hp 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcats to dealers who sell more other Dodge vehicles. Challenger SRT Hellcat allocation is based on the total of Dodge vehicles that a dealer sold in the previous 180 days, brand head Tim Kuniskis said.... Read More »

 

Ferrari's profit power

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Ferrari represents a tiny fraction of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' sales but a significant part of its profits.... Read More »

 

Wall Street sees value in Group 1, Lithia acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
In the dealership acquisition market, reward follows risk. The two most active acquirers among public dealership groups -- Group 1 Automotive and Lithia Motors -- are also the winners when it comes to rising valuations, according to a report released last week by dealership buy-sell adviser Erin Kerrigan.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

Why Google cars? The software, stupid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Does Google really want to become an automaker, or does it have some other goal for its driverless cars?... Read More »

 

Hot August sales shrivel inventories

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Strong auto sales in August drained dealer lots, pushing U.S. inventories to the lowest level in months.... Read More »

 

Sensor cuts self-driving car costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
You can't buy one yet, but the autonomous vehicle just got a little cheaper.... Read More »

 

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